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Legislation inspired by Duluth vets group introduced

Legislation based on a Duluth veterans organization’s work was introduced in the U.S. House on Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan introduced legislation to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program for eligible nonprofit organizations to carry out reconditioning programs for veterans at a recommended funding level of $15 million. The three-month reconditioning program model was developed by 23rd Veteran in Duluth, which helps veterans readjust to civilian life through “positive psychology.”

Mike Waldron, executive director for 23rd Veteran, thanked Nolan for the legislation that would nationalize 23rd Veteran’s model.

“I would be grateful to see the House Committee on Veterans Affairs take up the bill and ask them to act on it as soon as possible,” Waldron said in a statement.